The Latest News From The Sculpture Department

Scolaro Talks with “Young Space”

Chrissy Scolaro (Sculpture ’16), chats with the blog Young Space about her education and influences. “Completing my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art was, hands down, my most challenging and rewarding academic experience,” said Scolaro. “In addition to the education I received there, a big take away has been the familial nature of the alumni network, which I’m hopeful will be a source of continued support and growth. Because Cranbrook sort of operates like more of a residency or commune, I think it’s common to be significantly transformed by the program in some way.”

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 23

Exhibition Preview on April 22
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on April 30

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 21, 2017 –The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 23 and will showcase work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 23 through May 14, 2017, at Cranbrook Art Museum.

Herr Creates “Snuggies for a Revolution” on Display at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Johannah Herr’s (Sculpture ’17) Snuggies for a Revolution are featured in VICE. As she says, they are “a proposition for examining our own relationship with capitalist power structures that necessitate exploitation.” Snuggies for the Revolution are on exhibit at the Elijah Wheat Showroom in Bushwick through April 30, 2017.

McGill Opens a New Exhibition at Miller Yezerski Gallery

Head of Sculpture and Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill is showing Familiar to Millions, an exhibition of new work, at Miller Yezerski Gallery opens March 17, 2017. There will be a reception on Friday, April 7th, from 5 – 8 pm.

McGill’s sculptural compositions are intricate composites of pattern, selected and reconstructed from diverse source material. Each piece is a technicolor abstraction, comprised of laser cut acrylic and brightly painted paper, layered and hand-stitched in a process reminiscent of quilting. Familiar to Millions is a selection of recent work from McGill’s ongoing series that draws distinct elements from science, industry, and history. The exhibition is open through April 18, 2017

Hagen Exhibits at Marlin Art Gallery

Susan Hagen’s (Sculpture ’83) solo exhibition People Power The Recent Work of Susan Hagen
features works from her “Teenager Project” and “Citizens (People of Philly)” series. Included will be drawings and sculptures which explore the lives of teenagers and the ordinary people (and subcultures) who make up the fabric of urban life in Philadelphia. The exhibition on display at The Marlin Art Gallery at Camden Community College until April 7, 2017

Herr Collaborates with Kraska at Elijah Wheat Showroom in “Moll Madness”

Joseph Kraska’s trippy queer video series Peppré Ann and Froends returns with a new episode. This time, the girls are going shopping. But instead of typical consumer schlock and Orange Julius, they’re going to be exposed to the harsh, bizarre reality of the suburban mall (“moll”) as a privatized public space, where the logic of capitalism rules over free speech or the right to congregate. This all-too-real dystopian nightmare will be brought to life through an installation in collaboration with Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16).

2017 Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market

The Detroit Artists Market is proud to announce that ten graduate students from Cranbrook Academy of Art were selected as finalists for this year’s John F. Korachis Scholarship Award. These artists will showcase their juried artwork at this year’s exhibition, which will also include works by renowned Cranbrook alumni and faculty.

New Sculpture Artist-In-Residence Rebecca Ripple profiled in the “Oakland Press”

The Oakland Press featured news about Los Angeles artist Rebecca Ripple becoming the interim Artist-in-Residence of Sculpture for the 2017-18 academic year.

Rebecca Ripple Named Interim Sculpture Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, announced today that Rebecca Ripple has been named the interim Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s Sculpture Department. She will serve a one-year term, starting in the fall of 2017 and continuing through 2017-18 academic year.

Kempthorn Exhibits at the College of Wooster Art Museum

The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) begins 2017 with an exhibition by Amber Kempthorn (Sculpture ’08), who will show A River Isn’t Too Much to Love, which includes drawing and collage. Kempthorn has taught at Wooster and the Cleveland Institute of Art as an adjunct professor of art since 2012.

AIRs and Alumni Show Cave Gallery

Don’t miss the show opening at Cave Gallery (in the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit) and at Galerie Gallery in the Netherlands on Saturday, December 10. Artist-in-Residences Heather McGill and Iris Eichenberg, alumni Sarah Turner (Metalsmithing ’04) and Adam Shirley (Metalsmithing ’10) exchanged creative ‘prompts’ or assignments with the artists showing at Galerie Gallery to create the exhibition.

Eastman Opened “Traces” at ArtSpace

Current student Angela Eastman (Sculpture ’18) opened Traces, a two person show with Sonja Hinrichsen at ArtSpace in Raleigh, NC on December 2. Eastman’s work in Traces can be understood as a microcosm of the way in which we move through the natural world.

Cranbrook Alums in Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4, 2016

On your way to Art Basel Miami Beach? Be sure to see Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and their work.

Here’s list of alumni who we know will be exhibiting.

Heather McGill Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 15, 2016
— Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Sculpture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. McGill notified the Academy of her decision last week.

Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award

Nick Cave and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Named Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Gerhardt Knodel, past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship by the American Craft Council (ACC).

ArtPrize 2016 Featured Cranbrook Grads

Several Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates participated in this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids and received recognition.
Higher Ground, an installation by artists Stephan Hillerband (Sculpture ’04) + Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) was awarded 5th Place in the Time-Based category. The piece was created in the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon.” The artists, along with their children, embarked on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon by taking apart their […]

Gilkerson Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore

Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Unending, artwork by Skye Gilkerson (Sculpture ’09) at Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD. Using video, installation, and works on paper, Gilkerson creates subtle interventions. Manipulating ubiquitous materials like newspapers, mirrors, and shards of found ceramic, the artist disrupts the viewer’s awareness of their surroundings and destabilizes familiar structures. The exhibition runs October 1-23.

Customs House Museum Showcases Sculptor Olen Bryant

Through October 16, the Orgain and Bruner Galleries of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center will feature Alumna Olen Bryant (Sculpture ’54). Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure is an exhibition of thirty-one works.

Olen Bryant Opens at Customs House in August 11

Alumnus Olen Bryant’s (Sculpture ’54) work will be showcased in an exhibition opening in August at the Customs House Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Customs House Museum has 19 pieces donated to the museum by the artist, and these, along with others borrowed from private collectors, will make up the show. The exhibition runs until October 17.

Duane Hanson’s Work Featured in Joint Exhibition at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Duane Hanson (Sculpture ’51) is part of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum hyperrealist sculpture exhibition, Hyperrealist Sculpture 1973-2016. Held in Bilbao, Spain, the exhibition  presents a selection of 34 works by the 26 artists most representative of this movement. The exhibition is open through September 26, 2016.

Designer Bethany Shorb Opens Retail Location

Crain’s featured an article about Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01). She is opening a retail space in Detroit called Well Done Goods by Cyberoptix. The 1,000-square-foot store will open in November 2016 and feature mostly design goods for men that are made in Detroit and elsewhere. Well Done Goods opened at the beginning of November.

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw at Postmasters Gallery

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition, Behold! I teach you the Overman!, at Postmasters gallery in NYC.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $200,000 in Awards

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 — On the eve of its 2016 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 12.

Kate Clark’s Work Featured in Desiigner’s “PANDA”

Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) was recently approached by Kanye West’s team at G.O.O.D. Music to create a balanced half-human/half-animal mask for Desiigner’s new “PANDA” video.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 21, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.

The award is part of Cranbrook’s long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company’s commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named One of the Top Ten Fine Art Schools in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 31, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently ranked sixth in the nation among fine art graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. And of all the schools ranked in the top ten, Cranbrook Academy of Art had some of the most individual program-specific rankings, with seven departments ranked in the top 20 of their program.

Todd Erickson Exhibits Sculptures at Robert Kidd Gallery

Todd Erickson (Sculpture ’86) fascination with rivers continues. He uses tree branches that he finds as he explores Michigan rivers to cast in bronze for his sculptures. Some of the larger pieces can take up to two years to create. His sculptures — many named after Michigan rivers — are on display through April 2 at Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan.

Lindsay Preston Zappas and John Zane Zappas Exhibit at Vacancy

Cranbrook alumni Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture ’13) and John Zane Zappas (Print Media ’12) opened the exhibition Some Tables and Chairs at Vacancy in Los Angeles. They “attack the gallery space from both land and air.” Banks of fabric posters hang freely throughout the main gallery space, suspended in mortal stasis. Crowded in squirts and slices of image, the posters are a biopsy of Lindsay Preston Zappas’ perpetual working process. On the ground level, John Zane Zappas has placed a series of stools-as-sculptures […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Maintains Designation as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students, and once again, Cranbrook Academy of Art was ranked as a top producer. With another grant received last year, Academy students have now received a total of 26 grants over the past 12 years, making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

Simone DeSousa Gallery Presents New Works by Iris Eichenberg, Heather MacGill, and Mark Newport

Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit presents A Very Complete Opposite, an exhibition of all new works by Cranbrook Academy of Art Artists-In-Residence’ Iris Eichenberg, Heather McGill, and Mark Newport. The exhibition is open through November 21.

Detroit Design Festival Video Clip Features Cranbrook Alumni

Cranbrook Academy of Art grads Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01), Wes Taylor (2D ’11), Jack Craig (3D ’12), Scott Klinker (Design ’96 and current 3D Design Artist-in-Residence), Mark Dineen (3D ‘13) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ‘10) as well as work by Katie Craig (Sculpture ’15) and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) were featured in the Detroit Design Festival video clip showcasing Design in Detroit. The festival was held in September 2015,

Academy Alum Kate Clark Discusses How Taxidermy is Part of her Work in National Geographic

“This is not in an effort to create a creature from fantasy or nightmares, but rather to confront the viewer with mankind’s innate connection with the animal kingdom by evoking empathy, curiosity, and, sometimes, discomfort,” said Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) in a National Geographic video. Clark discussed how she uses taxidermy in her work.

Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces

The 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public with a special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception on April 18, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates. The exhibition opens to the public on April 19 and will run through May 10, 2015.

Keegan Kuvach Joins Show at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Keegan Kuvach (Sculpture ’14) joins a distinguished list of contemporary artists contributing work to the exhibition Love: The First of the 7 Virtues, opening at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run from February 14 through December 6, 2015. It will include two pieces by Kuvach. For more details, and to view the exhibition catalog, click here

James Surls Sculpture Installed at Lone Star College-Kingwood

Academy graduate James Surls (Sculpture ’69) recently had new work installed at the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus. “Her Universe Apart” is a chiseled black granite table with a drawing of the universe etched onto its surface. Surls’s sculptures have been displayed on Kirby Drive in Houston, in the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian, and along the islands in the middle of Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

John Acorn Exhibition at Clemson University

John Acorn (Sculpture ’61), longtime chair of Clemson University’s art department, hosts a solo exhibition at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Read about his practice and career here.

Current Sculpture Student Opens Exhibition at Hermitage Museum

Current Sculpture student Diana Laurel Caramat is part of a group exhibition that recently opened at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia. The collaborative exhibition, “Threads,” looks at the history of child labor in the region, as told through the photographs of Lewis Hine. Read more about the project here.

“American Rehab: Detroit” Features Academy Graduates

“American Rehab: Detroit” featuring Academy alums Christopher Lee (Photography ’08) and Amy Feigley-Lee (Sculpture ’07) began its run on January 29, 2015 on the DIY cable network.

New York Foundation For The Arts Announces Finalists for Artists’ Fellowship Program

Image: Kate Clark (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14), Pray, 2012
Congratulations to Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01), Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) and Jessica Stoller (Ceramics ’06) – all recipients of Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Only 2% of all applicants receive awards – we’re very proud to say three are Cranbrook graduates!
NYFA Fellowship Recipients.

The Year in Emojis

A  look at the “Year in Emojis” by The Creators Project, who were dazzled by Tré Reising’s (Sculpture ’12) glittering emoji sculptures, which were “valiantly installed in the Indianapolis airport after his #Belieb installation was censored.”
Tré Reising, Live, Love, Laugh, Laugh Until You Cry. Image courtesy of the artist.

Andrew Schmidt Featured on Young Space

The work of “modern occult artist” Andrew Schmidt (Sculpture ’14) is featured on Young Space. Read the full article here.

Kate Clark Featured in Exhibition Catalogue

The work of Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) is featured on the cover of the exhibition catalogue for Late Harvest, an exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art that juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy with historically significant wildlife paintings. For more about the exhibition, click here.

Kim Faler Awarded Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency

In addition to opening exhibitions at Art Basel Miami and Green Mountain College in Vermont, Kim Faler (Sculpture ’08) was recently awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residence, where she will spend January/February 2015 working on a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition at LaMontagne Gallery, South Boston in early 2015. For more information about Kim, visit her website.

Complex Names The “Best Artists From Detroit”

Complex lists the “Best Artists From Detroit” – and we’re proud to say that four are CAA alumni: Aaron Blendowski (3D ’06), Jason Carter (Painting ’11), Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01) and Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09). Also included is Marie Hermann, wife of Ceramics Artist-in-Residence, Anders Ruhwald.

Bethany Shorb’s Menswear Line Featured in HOUR Detroit

Bethany Shorb’s (Sculpture ’01) new Cyberoptix’s menswear line featuring model Matthew Lambert (Metalsmithing ’14) hits newsstands in HOUR Detroit this month.

Sculpture Grads Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw’s Mobile Business Featured in WSJ

Heading to NYC? Take a ride on  Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw’s Chelsea Bus tour! The 2009 Sculpture graduates offer tours and merchandise and featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Alumni Work On Display at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Alumni Work Featured on New Website.

The Experiencing Perspectives art program is a partnership between Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art that began in 2001, and allows graduate artwork to be displayed in the company’s Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company recently launched a website cataloguing the artworks from current and past exhibitions. Visit the site here to see work by participating Academy graduates. 

Tony Matelli’s Sculpture Causing a Stir on Wellesley’s Campus

Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) sculpture, “Sleepwalker” is the subject of much debate after it was installed on the campus of Wellesley College this week. Here, he talks with the Boston Globe about the audience reaction and the intentions of the work.
See what the New York Times had to say about the story,

Bethany Shorb Featured as a “Style Maker”

Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01) was recently featured as a “Style Maker” in Styline Detroit magazine. For a PDF of the story, click here.

An Interview with Arturo Herrera

Arturo Herrera was recently interviewed during his latest visit to Cranbrook Academy of Art by CAA graduate and Bad Art Sports writer, Tom Friel (Sculpture ’11). For the interview, click here.

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